The International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture (ISPA) is composed of an extensive international network without institutional affiliation. It does not have a single or static physical location, making its web presence its primary location and freeing the organization from the boundaries and interests of individual institutions. To facilitate the development of the growing research network, we regularly host events, circulate calls for papers, and maintain a digital research network.

ISPA is an interdisciplinary research platform promoting rigorous philosophical engagement with the subject of architecture and the environment. We bring together philosophy and architecture by upholding the disciplinary standards of each. There is a strong emphasis on methodology, as opposed to any prescribed belief set. The methodology is largely drawn from general academic research and argumentation standards, probably best captured by the sub-field of critical thinking. The society’s guidance and orientation are largely driven by our journal’s review criteria – the most explicit articulation of its methodology.

The society has managed to bring together 500+ contributors since 2009. Having held its first symposium in 2010, successful conferences at Newcastle University, UK 2012, TU Delft, Netherlands 2014, and University of Bamberg, Germany 2016, ISPA has become the preeminent established organization in the field. With numerous upcoming events planned across Europe and North America, the society continues to actively engage philosophers and architects in the cultivation of architecture philosophy as a field of enquiry.

Philosophers from all traditions – whether continental or analytic or otherwise – are welcome. Architects – whether practitioners, historians, or theorists – are also warmly welcome. The objective of bringing philosophers and architects together is to develop – in a truly interdisciplinary manner – the field of architecture philosophy.

building as service: people, politics & governance

4th International Conference of the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture

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